Serb leader Karadzic gets 40 years for war crimes

On March 23, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic guilty of 10 out of 11 charges, including one count of genocide, for crimes committed during the Serb-Croat invasion of Bosnia in the 1990s.

Karadzic faced the genocide charge over the deaths of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995 after three years of imposing a blockade on the enclave, which was protected by the United Nations. The carnage has been designated as the worst in Europe since the end of World War II.

He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Karadzic, now 70 and still in good health, was arrested near Belgrade in 2008 after 11 years on the run.

Journalists who followed his early career say he used the skills he acquired as a professional psychiatrist to help convince Bosnian Serbs that they should break with the newly declared state of Bosnia-Herzegovina head by president Alija Ali Izetbegovic and unify with Serbia instead.

The Serbian army and Bosnian Serb and Croat militias destroyed more than 300 Muslim villages around Srebrenica and forced over 700,000 Muslim refugees into Srebrenica – making it look alike today’s Gaza Strip; with not enough food, water, pharmaceuticals, electricity, simply: the basic needs for a normal life for all, shelling it, killing innocent civilians.

Kathryn Bolkovac, former US police officer who served as a peace-keeper in post-war Bosnia in 1999 exposes the UN peacekeeping forces of committing sexual abuse of Muslim children and women in 2010 movie, The Whistleblower. Listen her interview below.

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